11th Annual Scholars Garden with Stephe, Maria, and Rick

It’s getting close! 11th Annual Scholars Garden, June 7th, 11am-5pm at Stephe Watson’s beautiful Someday Farm in Killingworth, CT. You will definitely want to register before May 15 for this one. (Contact either me –Rick@rickbarrett.net– or Stephe –FarmingOurSomedays@gmail.com– to register.)   What are we up to this year? Let’s here it from Stephe: Living in the Sweet Spot: Your Body and Wholeness Every living thing leaks energy. In the “sweet spot” not only do we leak less but we can also tap into the Big Qi and refuel. Every conscious posture has sweet spots hidden in plain sight. Maria, Stephen, &… Read More

Song Kua: Clarification

I devoted a chapter to the kua in Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate and it’s time to clarify what is meant by song kua. (pronounced soong) I recently posted the steps to take to get more from your kua and I’d like to sharpen the focus a little here. For years, I have been telling students to “release” the kua in preparation for any movement. And that is still true. But don’t stop there. “Releasing” gets you out of the habitual hip tension that prevails in our culture. (I blame it on the flush toilet. In China, where you squat… Read More

Throw Back Thursday: Revisit some of our archived videos each week!

Hello everyone! Micaela speaking. Rick and I have been talking a lot about Youtube lately. When they merged with Google a while back it left us with a split personality, one channel called Rick Barrett and the other called Taichialchemy. We’ve been updating the RB account but not the TCA one, and starting today is a campaign to re-release all of our videos on one channel! We figured this would be a great opportunity to join in the fun of Throw Back Thursday (#TBT), a popular weekly meme for those prone to a side of nostalgia with their social media. Starting… Read More

Big Change! Getting More From Your Kua

Understanding the kua is essential to internal gongfu. It’s what connects the legs to the torso physically and energetically. I devoted a chapter to it in Taijiquan: Through the Western Gate:            The pivotal point for the nine-channeled pearl is the hip area, known as the kua. It is more than the ball-and-socket hip joint, taking in the whole area, centering at the inguinal crease. It includes the relationship between the thigh and the torso.             The kua includes some of the strongest muscles in the body. It is the area that we use when we… Read More

The Ouroborous of Worry

The ouroboros is a symbol dating back to ancient Egypt, and appears throughout the Western mystical traditions. A snake eating its tail represents self-reflexivity, the “eternal return.” and cyclicality. In Timmaeus, Plato writes: The living being had no need of eyes because there was nothing outside of him to be seen; nor of ears because there was nothing to be heard; and there was no surrounding atmosphere to be breathed; nor would there have been any use of organs by the help of which he might receive his food or get rid of what he had already digested, since there… Read More